Late-Night Practicing: When the Neighbors Have Had Enough

I’ve enjoyed the good fortune of having some pretty patient family members and neighbors who tolerate my sometimes late-night practice sessions. The below trombonist, on the other hand, seems to have pushed his luck too far. The image and caption can also be found in the 19th century timeline.


1838—L’Enragé Musicien, a lithograph by Bourdin after an image by Robert William Buss, depicts a trombone player practicing in the middle of the night (the clock shows 2:30), with neighbors protesting and a scowling portrait of Handel looking on. The trombonist plays on an instrument with a slide extension handle (see below image; public domain) (Goodfriend, Prints and Drawings of Musical Interest).